Last Word: Bar-Kays & ConFunkShun, Suburban Politics and Tom Bowen’s 5 Years – Tennessee News

Last Word: Bar-Kays & ConFunkShun, Suburban Politics and Tom Bowen’s 5 Years –  Tennessee News


VOL. 132 | NO. 120 | Friday, June 16, 2017

Bill Dries


By Bill Dries

Updated 11:42PM

The Bar-Kays and ConFunkShun — there’s a double shot of the deepest funk from the 1970s and 1980s. And they are together again Friday at the Cannon Center for the Juneteenth Urban Music Festival. It is also Larry Dodson’s last hometown show fronting The Bar-Kays.

Dodson has been at the front of the funkiest band in the land for 47 years. That is a span that includes Wattstax, the concert and the movie, backing Isaac Hayes on his landmark “Hot Buttered Soul,” a shout-out in “Rapper’s Delight” – considered the first rap record, outrageous stage costumes that are in the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame but not the snake, two White House performances – and songs that are to be found to this day in any nightclub with a dance floor.

The band will continue to tour with Dodson through 2017 and has been conducting a world wide search for a new lead singer since May. The audition requirements include being able to sing three tracks from the Bar-Kays catalog: “Holy Ghost”, “Anticipation” and “Move Your Boogie Body.”

An outbreak of politics Thursday in the suburbs:

Republican Kevin Vaughan won Thursday’s special election for state House District 95 and goes to Nashville in January.

The ballot is almost set for the September municipal elections in Arlington – set enough that there were two winners at Thursday’s noon filing deadline

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